We Set Sail is a cinematic instrumental post-rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. Originally founded in 2006 by Marné Gelderbloem as an open-ended vehicle for artistic expression, the group grew organically and formally introduced their music to the South African circuit in 2009.

Today We Set Sail is 5-piece band consisting of Marné on Guitars, Richard Brunyee on piano and synthesizer, Joao Luis Lanca Henriques on Guitar, Breda Wiese on drums and Lee Thomson on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band members come from musical backgrounds as diverse as jazz, classical, samba, metal, rock and punk and their writing process is a collaborative effort that results in a wholly unique sound.

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The group’s first album, Something About The Moon, was well received by the South African public in 2013 and lead to collaborative commercial efforts with Design Indaba, Sailor Jerry and Absolut Vodka, as well as a successful run on the local festival circuit (Synergy, Park Acoustics, Rocking the Daisies) and further afield (Malaysia, Philippines, Namibia).

The group’s second album, Animal, is set to be released on vinyl, CD and in digital format in April 2015. International fans can look forward to an extended European tour that will introduce We Set Sail‘s new streamlined electronic/rock offering in a series of live shows in Denmark, Germany and beyond. A third album is already in production.


Going forward, We Set Sail looks forward to growing into the film industry, creating film scores and building on their reputation for innovative artistic expression alongside long-time visual collaborator Chris Slabber.

We Set Sail will be embarking on a national tour before their extended European tour and we look forward to seeing you at the shows!

20 APRIL – Ziggy’s Bar, Port Elizabeth
21 APRIL – Champs Action Bar, Grahamstown
22 APRIL – The Winston Pub, Durban
23 APRIL – Bohemian, Johannesburg
25 APRIL – Rumours, Johannesburg
26 APRIL – Sofar Sessions, Johannesburg
30 APRIL – Jackal & Hide, Cape Town
07 MAY – Aces ‘n Spades, Cape Town
09 MAY – Aandklas, Stellenbosch
10 MAY – Secret Show